Hanna Stotland gets students accused of rape back into school, for a price

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    This Woman Gets Students Accused Of Rape Back Into School — For A Price

    By Katie J.M. Baker, BuzzFeed News

    Hanna Stotland is an admissions consultant with an unusual clientele: She helps students who are punished for sexual misconduct land safely at other universities. Business is booming.

    Stotland may be the only admissions consultant in the country who actively seeks out clients who have been disciplined for sexual misconduct, according to prominent lawyers and advocates for accused students. In the midst of a national movement that has put pressure on universities to adjudicate sexual misconduct cases more quickly and crack down harder on perpetrators, it’s a lucrative business to be spearheading. Accused students pay her hundreds of dollars an hour to help them brainstorm and edit their transfer application essays, advise them on how much to disclose from their tarnished disciplinary records, and find a school where they might stand a chance of getting in that’s also a good fit.

    Stotland said she’s gotten pushback from people who can’t imagine advising students accused of sexual assault. “They’re like, ‘So then you’ll put them on another campus to rape again?’” she said. “I’m like, ‘As opposed to them dying?’” But she sees the college adjudication system as a deeply flawed process that fails both accused students and their accusers. (Stotland said she’d love to counsel sexual assault survivors, too, but said none have sought her services so far.) Most importantly, she doesn’t believe the former should be denied a second chance at a college education.

    “I’m an impassioned feminist,” Stotland said. “But there’s nothing feminist about incompetence.”

    She also doesn’t see anything wrong with turning a profit while the fight over how schools should handle campus sexual assault plays out across the country.

    Just because a student is found responsible for sexual misconduct by their university doesn’t mean they were convicted or even charged with a crime through the criminal justice system. Under federal equity law Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination, students can report sexual misconduct to their schools even if they don’t want to go to the police, and administrators must use a lower standard of proof to swiftly determine their case. Accused students don’t have the same due process rights as they do in court. But instead of jail time and a criminal record, they receive disciplinary sanctions, such as suspension or expulsion in the most extreme cases.

    The problem is that no one knows where these students should go next. That’s where Stotland comes in.

    So far, all of Stotland’s clients accused of sexual misconduct have transferred to four-year schools, she said, including elite private colleges and well-regarded public research universities. (Stotland didn’t want to name them on the record, because she said she didn’t want to “punish” them for admitting her clients, but she shared emails and texts from satisfied clients with BuzzFeed News.) In the process, she helps her clients recover emotionally, said Sherry Warner-Seefeld, whose son was accused and later cleared of sexual misconduct by his university. (Warner-Seefeld has since co-founded an advocacy group, Families Advocating for Campus Equality, or FACE, for students who have been similarly accused, and started referring clients to Stotland after Stotland spoke at a FACE conference last April.) “She gives them back some faith,” Warner-Seefeld said, “and some ways to trust in the system again.”

    Stotland said she never asks whether her clients are guilty of a crime or not — it’s like being a criminal defense attorney, she said — but, even if they are, it’s not clear to her that “banning them from getting an education makes the community safer,” she said.

    “God forbid, if one of my clients committed rape, who needs a liberal arts education more than that person?”

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    At times hard to read especially in the beginning where the rapes are discribed. He does go into depth about the colleges and sexual misconduct allegations. The colleges are mandated to gave a lower standard of proof than court because in the past campus rape was generally ignored.
    It's one thing if the student is convicted before expulsion, but otherwise it isn't easy or a clear process and a expensive lawyer can game the system. It's a good book about a hard subject.

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